Latest Steelers Buzz: Will coaches sit Bell in week 1? Tuitt progressing towards deal & More Buzz

 

Latest Steelers Buzz The Steelers communication with Le’Veon Bell’s representation over the last week has had the Steelers believing Bell would report early next week and prior to the fourth preseason game. Bell, though, appears to be planning to take a few more days before reporting. Bell responded to a tweet Tuesday night asking when he will report by saying ‘9-1-17’. That would be nine days before the season opener and the Steelers only having one padded practice (Sept 6) that Bell could participate in. Bell who has appeared in just one season opener due to suspensions and injuries, could potentially be taking himself out of the mix to miss another season opener by reporting too late. The Steelers, sources say, have communicated with Bell that not reporting prior to the start of next week’s practices ahead of the fourth preseason game could put him in jeopardy to dress forRead More »

Rumors: Pressure mounting from those in Bob Nutting’s inner circle for club to make a major change

 

Latest Pirates Buzz The Pirates 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers Monday night in extra innings was a perfect summary of their season. Pittsburgh has a 3-0 lead entering the seventh inning, yet, they had been playing with fire all night and everything came crashing down in the seventh. Gerrit Cole had six shutout innings going thanks to getting out of two bases loaded jams prior to the seventh. Then Clint Hurdle left his pitcher out to dry. As Cole’s pitch count was over 100, he began to start losing some zip and control on his pitches. Cole had run out of gas and it was clear to anybody that it was time to go to the bullpen. The stubbornness, though, of Hurdle played out and getting out of a third bases loaded situation unscathed wasn’t going to happen as Cole’s 112th pitch would be crushed by Curtis GrandersonRead More »

Latest Pens Buzz: Club putting a high value on cap room to open season

 

Latest Penguins Buzz With training camp less than a month away, the Penguins have major holes at the third and fourth line center spots but when you’ve won back-to-back Stanley Cups, have Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin as the No. 1 and No. 2 centers to go with great depth at wing, who cares what your bottom-6 center position looks like in August, right? That’s the stance the Penguins are taking after what sources describe as a trade in the works for a centerman making under $3 million per season, falling through shortly after the Conor Sheary signing in early August. As trade talks throughout the league have dried up, which is notorious at this time of the year with no General Manager’s under pressure to make deals right now, what the Penguins are now seeing as great value is potentially opening up the season with over $3 million inRead More »

Key Dates and Details of Events for Hockeyville Celebration

 

Hockeyville 2017 Events: Sept. 6 National Anthem Contest; Sept. 21-23 includes Rise Against Hunger Meal Packaging Event, Gala at the Cal U Convocation Center, 5K Race & Parade in North Belle Vernon and Fun Fair at Rostraver Ice Garden: WHAT: To celebrate Belle Vernon’s Kraft Hockeyville™ USA 2017 win as the country’s most passionate hockey community, the Local Organizing Committee is hosting several events leading up to the NHL® Pre-Season Game between the St. Louis Blues® and the Pittsburgh Penguins® on Sunday, Sept. 24 that is scheduled to air live on NBCSN at 8:00 p.m. ET. Wednesday, Sept.6 The National Anthem Singing Contest has begun for an opportunity to perform the national anthem at the Sept. 24 Kraft Hockeyville USA NHL Pre-Season Game! Interested singers must be regional residents between the ages of 12 and 25 and submit an entry form and song video by Sunday, Aug. 20 at 11:59Read More »

Landry Jones is locked in as the No. 2 QB for 2017

 

Steelers – Giants Fallout What we learned from Josh Dobbs in his preseason debut? Despite talk outside of Pittsburgh that some around the league believe Dobbs could be the Steelers No. 2 this season, Landry Jones is too well liked by Steelers coaches and management where he’s in no danger of being pushed, even if Dobbs were to put together a Dak Prescott type preseason. Jones is locked in as the No. 2 behind Ben Roethlisberger for the 2017 season. There’s no question about that and Friday night’s preseason game also proved that. But, that doesn’t mean there’s isn’t some intrigue with Dobbs. Dobbs went 8/15 for 100 yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions in his NFL debut. He was sacked 3 times for 22 yards and posted a QB rating of 56.9. He had a horrific start to the game against a very good Giants front-four that man-handledRead More »

Latest Penguins Buzz: Avs view of Olli Maatta in trade talks & More Buzz

 

Latest Penguins Buzz — Just over a month until training camp, the Penguins still have a third line center hole and fourth line center hole with Matt Cullen undecided as the NHL off-season has reached the dog days of August where most GM’s are vacationing. Mike Fisher retiring last week played right into why former Penguins center Nick Bonino was set on signing with the Nashville Predators from the start. From the get-go of the interview period, the Predators sold Bonino on having a bigger role in Nashville and being the long-term replacement for Fisher with the catch being Bonino would still be on a Stanley Cup contender. Pittsburgh could have decided in June that Bonino is more valuable to them than Conor Sheary would be for this next three to four year window where the Penguins have to a chance win more Cups. Therefore, Pittsburgh could have easily movedRead More »

Latest Pirates Buzz: Value of the Sean Rodriguez acquisition

 

Latest Pirates Buzz The mediocre NL Central is keeping things interesting and despite being a game under .500, the Pirates could be playing meaningful baseball for the next five to six weeks. After losing eight of 10, the Pirates have countered that by winning five of six and currently on a three game winning as the four game interleague series with the Tigers shifts to Detroit for two games. The Cubs just a week ago looking like they were primed to begin their ascend of start running away from the division, have hit a road block and lost five of seven. The Cardinals meanwhile have won four straight and now trail the division by just 2.5 games. NL CENTRAL STANDINGS 1. Chicago Cubs 59-53 2. Milwaukee Brewers 59-56 3. St. Louis Cardinals 57-56 4. Pittsburgh Pirates 56-57 5. Cincinnati Reds 46-67 — The Pirates requiring Sean Rodriquez caught many byRead More »

Latest Pirates Buzz: Organization at a cross-roads that lacks Direction and a Plan

 

Pirates off-season priority should be a Retool/Rebuild When evaluating the Pirates, you have to look into lens of how the organization is ran. Pirates GM Neal Huntington did not fail his ball club Monday by pretty much standing pat at the trade deadline in trading Tony Watson who has been all but gone for months as a pending free agent (Scott Boras client) and then adding 40 year old Joaquin Benoit to replace Watson as the setup man. Benoit had his welcome to the Pirates moment Wednesday night. Anybody can see this team had no chance of being a serious threat in the NL against the likes of the Dodgers, Nationals and the defending champion Cubs who are starting to find their stride and made a slew of moves to upgrade their roster for another run. The Pirates were 8.5 games out of the wildcard as of Monday, now 9.5 gamesRead More »